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History of school board elections

Under a 1995 law, board elections are held every two years. Board members serve four-year terms. When no candidates file for a position, the person who receives the most write-in votes is elected if that person is qualified under election law. If no names are written in, the board appoints someone to fill the vacant position.

About half of the local board positions are open every two years.

The table below lists statistical information about the elections for school districts, education service districts and community college school board members.

 Year Total filed  Positions open Districts with majority
of the board vacant
Incumbents Filed  0 Candidates  1 Candidate 2 Candidates   3 Candidates 4+ Candidates
 2015  817 696 111 483 (69%) 55 (7.9%)  509 (73%) 97 (14%) 29 (4.2%) 6 (.86%)
2013  972  641  92 516 (80%)   33 (5%) 540 (84%)  163 (25%)  30 (4.7%) 4 (.62%) 
2011 898 692 108 505 (73%) 33 (4.8%) 488 (70%) 137 (20%) 34 (4.9%) 9 (1.3%)
2009 1038 811 184 558 (69%) 48 (5.9%) 548 (67%) 166 (20%) 41 (5%) 8 (.99%)
2007 865 701 98 478 (68%) 56 (8%) 468 (67%) 145 (21%) 26 (3.7%) 6 (.85%)
2005 1059 773 120 540 (70%) 36 (4.7%) 492 (64%) 191 (25%) 39 (5%) 15 (1.9%)

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